I just received my Versatas today. Mine are CIC’s so adapting to the occlusion factor was an issue. However, I have been using CIC’s for about 8 years now. My first set were Rexton’s I think. They were purchased from Costco. Technology sure has changed. I purchased my Versatas from Hearing Planet about 15 days ago and stuck 'em in my ears this morning. After about 6 hours I have already become used to the occlusion issues. First thing I noticed was the feedback cancellation. It is fantastic. I can use a variety of phones and headsets pressed right up against my ear without feedback. For a guy that’s on the phones all day, this is a blessing. I cupped my hand against my ear and it doesn’t squeal. My speech recognition is noticeably better. With the Versatas, i was able to recognize 19 out of 20 words that the audi had me repeat. She was standing in another room, 15 feet from me and was walking and turning around to test the directional issues involved in sound recognition. 19 out of 20 was impressive. You go have someone perform that for you and see if you can discern, ease, each, thigh, feet, sheet, she, sight etc. I put my old aids back in my ear and I quit after missing 3 out of the first 5 words.
As for my experience at lunch today, I’m on the fence. My wife and I ate at a restaurant called “Freebirds.” It has a Chipotle-like ordering format. So while I was at the counter talking to my burrito maker, my wife to my left and some lady on my right were all barking their orders and taking suggestions from their respective burrito makers. This was all occuring in the confines of a 3 foot radius…plus the restaurant background noise. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I felt like I had to focus on my helper in order to tune out all the other conversations that were happening around me. I was hearing too many words, too clearly, from too many people. It wasn’t typical ambient background noise. It was words and conversations all at the same loudness, all within the same distance from my ears…so it was tough picking out only the words that were designed for my “burrito.”:o
Now, what I can’t tell you is if the hearing benefit I am experiencing now, required an outlay of $4,000. Could I be experiencing the same marked improvement with a much less expensive aid? Who knows? But what I do know, is that when I turned on my TV’s this afternoon, somebody who wasn’t wearing Versatas last night had been watching the tube.